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the whole nation realizes it can happen to them. it could happen to newton-- newtown, connecticut, an idyllic community, it can happen anywhere in this country. it doesn't mean it's going to happen, doesn't mean it's a prevalent crime, it isn't. this is not the way most children, god forbid are going to be hurt or injured. other ways to get hurt or injured and we have to pay attention to. this is so horrific and so arbitrary it could happen to any one of us and all of us have this nightmare about our children and that's why i think this whole country is together on this. >> and certainly those parents are going to be second guessing lots of decisions. >> i can't imagine, you know. >> and that's being a father and i can't imagine how you -- i couldn't imagine it during september 11th or many other times how you live with in, horrible. >> those answers are yet to come in the days ahead. we are going to continue our conversation with mayor guiliani in just a bit and continuing coverage of the aftermath of the tragedy in newtown, connecticut just ahead. get married, have a couple of k
. officers never fired a shot. the gunman's mother was found dead at a newtown location where the gunman lived. police have released no motive for the attack. the weapons used in the shooting were all legally purchased and were registered to the gunman's mother. an emotional president obama addressed the nation this afternoon from the white house. >> we've endured too many of these tragedies in the past few years. and each time i learn the news i react not as a president but as anybody else would, as a parent. and that was especially true today. i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them, birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers, men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. so our hearts are broken today. for the parents and grandparents, sisters and brothers of these little children, and for the
depuned down in sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut. good morning to you, i am john scott in new york. >> i am gena lee 60 miles from where john is. it is reflecting as well. we were on the air 11:00 eastern time when we first tart tod understand what was taking place in sandy hook elementary school. the information came out so slowly and some of the initial information that we received turned out to be false. we explained for our viewers a moment ago and hopefully you saw the mary ann an jacob. she was able to get the 18 fourth graders in a storage close yest pushed the file cab nes and he heard the banging on the door she didn't want to open up. shed for the badge to be slipped underneath the door because they were simply afraid as we all understand. one thingings that we are continuing to watch in newtown the media staging area. we heard from the state police an hour ago and we should be error hearing from the superintendent of the schools any time this hour. we are craving for more information and try to piece together exactly what happened. >> it is misterous what mot
, the newtown police department received a call. >> our hearts are broken today. parents and sisters and brothers and family of these children and adults who were lost. >> there were 18 children pronounced dead at the scene and two children transported to the hospital and pronounced dead at the hospital, and there were six adults pronounced dead at the scene. >> evil visited this community today. this is a terrible time for this community and for these familie families. >> good morning. i'm melissa harris-perry. we are awaiting a press conference on the latest on the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. today, we are focused entirely on newtown. approximately an hour and a half outside of new york city, newtown, connecticut, is a small commuter town locateded in fairfield kocounty. it is a predominantly middle-class white community with approximately 30,000 people. they have several schools and synagogues and churches and it has a rotary club and basketball league like many other towns, but yesterday, as many of you know, newtown became the latest statistic of what is a disturbin
service in a few minutes in newtown. we're going to show that you live. 20 families there sent their kids to grade school this morning like any other day and tonight they're not coming home. 11 nights from christmas on this the seventh night of hanukkah. a holy time of the year. whether you observe these holidays or not, tonight the thoughts and prayers of this nation are with the victims and their families, fair, balanced and unafraid. >> this is the fox report. tonight mass murder at an elementary school. dozens are dead after a gunman opened fire on children. >> just after 9:30 this morning, newtown police received a 911 call. >> it happened just as the school day was beginning. >> they didn't tell us anything. >> i just heard the principal was shot and killed. my son was in the gym when it happened. >> they rushed the kids into the bathroom and they locked the door. >> by the time the gun fire ended, blood and bodies were everywhere. >> i know there is not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. >> tonight the shooting spree at a grade school. i'm b
's a good morning, but it is a very sad morning here in newtown, pennsylvania. it's saturday, december 15th, i'm ali velshi and you are watching cnn special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live as i say from pennsylvania. it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning, we'll bring you updates on the victims and the investigation. we now know the name of the newtown shooter. we'll dig in on what was behind his monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspected gunman's house. >>> i'm here in newtown, pennsylvania. behind me some distance is the school at which this tragic shooting took place. we have this story covered from all angles. i want to bring in my colleague john berman in newtown, in the town square. john, bring us up to speed on what we've seen since yesterday evening. >> hey, ali, i'm standing in front of the st. rose of lima church where last night there was an emotional vigil with about 1,000 people here. residents poured in for the 26 victims of this tragic attack. of course,
adults victim of the shooting in newtown, connecticut, parent told us they were in a meeting yesterday with the principal and vice principal along with mary sherlock when they heard the loud pop, pop, pop, they went to check that out in the hallway. sherlock and the principal didn't return alive. just a very solemn outcome to that. sherlock was part of a team that was really relied upon there at sandy hook elementary. she was part of the school's crisis intervention team, ali. so even in a time like this when people are turning to those for comfort, she's no longer with us. ali? >> yeah, sad story. nick valencia at the cnn center in atlanta. thanks, nick. >>> good morning, everyone. i'm ali velshi. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. i'm in newtown, connecticut, about a block away from the school which is roughly behind me. a block away from the scene of the horrible massacre. here's what we know right now. in about an hour, officials are expected to start releasing the names of the victims. we've learned the names of two of the adults, the principa
in newtown, connecticut. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett. this just in. listen. >> 6-7 muc. sandy hook school. caller thinks someone is shooting in the building. front glass is broken, unsure why. all units, the individual that i have on the phone is continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. units responding sandy hook school at this time, the shooting appears to have stopped. the school is in lockdown. >> that broken glass is the result of the gunman reportedly shooting his way into the school. the unthinkable tragedy has left this very small new england town shattered tonight. 28 people dead. that's including the shooter himself. most of those killed were students at the school. very, very young students. there were 20 children killed. between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were also 6 adults shot dead after a heavily armed gunman dressed in black fatigues and a military vest opened fire in the school. >> we just told a little boy about his sister now and just to see him, he said who am i going to play with? i have nobody to play with now. excuse me. >> the gunma
. >> reporter: i'm listening right now to the town bells ringing here in newtown, connecticut. i'm not sure why they are ringing but this community has come together to mourn together for this tragedy that happened at the school here. we've got much more ahead on our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting which starts right now. >>> and it is one of the deadliest shooting rampages in u.s. history. all morning we'll be updating victims and the investigation here in newtown, connecticut. we now know the name of the shooter and dig into what was behind this monstrous act and a second crime scene tied to the first. what investigators found when they went to the suspect's house. it is saturday, december 15th. i want to say good morning to everyone. it's not a good morning, it's a difficult morning, but we are spending it together here. i'm john berman. you're watching our special coverage of the connecticut school shooting live from newtown, connecticut. and i want to bring in my colleague, ali velshi. hey, ali. >> reporter: john, it's a sad morning and will get sadder in a few moments.
church service in newtown. the next briefing is expected to be held at 8:00 a.m. tomorrow morning. at msnbc, our continued coverage. we'll continue now and into the night. >>> weekends with alex witt" starts now. >> a quiet corner of america shattered. >> caller indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> chilling words in the midst of an attack on the least among us. the unimaginable deaths of small children at the hands of a young gunman. an elementary classroom, the killing field. what's left this morning? a small city of grief. a state in mourning. a country with new questions about the price of freedom. good morning, everyone. and welcome to "weekends with alex witt." we're calling it a tragedy, but that particular word nor any other could describe what happened on a cold, bright winter morning in newtown, connecticut. i'm afraid the answers we try to provide in the next hour to the most pressing questions will feel inat adequate to all of us, but we'll try with an admitedly heavy heart. here is what we know. there are new details to report among the 28 peop
from the heart breaking shooting in newtown, connecticut. a long and intense investigation is underway, searching for answers what would cause someone to shoot up a school killing 26 people, so many of them children. >> and just this morning, authorities are saying that gunman adam lanza wasn't voluntarily let inside the school, but rather, he forced his way armed with multiple weapons and now town officials are saying the principal was killed trying to stop lanza and saying they have quote, good evidence in this case. hello, i'm uma pemmaraju. >> kelly: and i'm kelly wright and we begin a special edition of america's news headquarters which begins right now and we'll go right to newtown, connecticut. state police there wrapping up a press conference just a short time ago. our molly line is standing by live near sandy hook elementary school with the latest on the investigation, molly. >> there's a broad expectation of grief and at some point the names of victims will be released today. we do know that all of the victims' bodies have been identified and removed from the school and offer
this hour on the massacre of the school in newtown, connecticut. 20 children and six adults were killed and the lone gunman took his own life. i understand we are learn something new details about the gunman, adam lanza, and his family. what can you tell us? >> reporter: good afternoon. we are starting to put together some of the pieces of the p s te puz i will. adam lanza was home schooled. he has been described by students who -- when he did go to school, classmates of him, as very intelligent and as we have often heard in these cases, also described as loner. someone that didn't have a lot of friends. went out of his way not to be noticed, of course, he couldn't have changed that in a more devastating way than he did by going into that elementary school. his aunt, who has not seen him since he was 3 years old, spoke just within the last hour to local reporters in north carolina. here is what she had to say about adam. >> he was different. he was quiet. nice kid. good kid. he was challenging the family in that house. never in trouble with the law. never in trouble with anything. >> sh
on himself. town officials ask for privacy and respect for the victims' families. >> newtown has suffered a horrendous tragedy. our wound is deep because we are close-knit community. we truly care for each other. we are coming together with love and supported for those families who have suffered this terrible loss. we are strong and caring place. we will put our arms around those families and around each other. we will find a way to heal so that all of our residents, young and old will again find peace. >> heather: molly is live with the very latest. >> reporter: as you might expect listening to the press conference and information from the state medical examiner's office is disturbing. as you mentioned each of the children and the adults that were killed suffered multiple gunshot wounds all over their bodies. there wasn't a particular body part that the medical examiner was hit in any of these particular cases. only a few were killed at close range. it was a horrific scene and perhaps the worst he has scene and comrades have seen. to work throughout the night well into the dark as to hel
news. i'm ashleigh banfield in for erin burnett tonight. in newtown, connecticut, it is the scene of one of the worst school shootings in the history of the united states and we can report for you that police have now identified a school shooter as adam lanza. a shooter who killed 26 people today at the sandy hook elementary school here in this small connecticut town. 20 children were killed. 18 of them were pronounced dead right at the scene of the school. two of them were rushed to the hospital, hoping that they could save them. those children died at the hospital. six adults at the school were also shot dead. and they died at the scene as well. nancy lanza, a teacher at the school and a mother of the suspected shooter, was also killed. but she was found dead in her son's home in newtown. adam lanza, the 24-year-old brother ryan lanza, was taken into police custody. ryan lanza taken into police custody for questioning in hoboken, new jersey, earlier today. officials had not labeled him a suspect. but he was taken away in handcuffs. his brother adam died at the scene. but police
tonight. i can tell you his mother nancy lanza was found dead at the family home here in newtown, as well. she had been a teacher at the sandy hook elementary school. the school's principal dawn hochsprung was among those killed and tonight a friend remembered her as "quote, the kind of person you would want to be educating your kids. school psychologist mary sherlock was also kilged. this afternoon afternoon the brother, ryan lanza was taken in for questioning by police and he was handcuffed. officials did not label him a suspect. the gunman's father was also questioned in relation to what happened here today. tonight, a nation in mourning. candle light vigils were held in newtown and across the country. there was one just outside of the white house in washington, d.c. earlier today, president obama ordered flags to be flown at half staff nationwide in tribute to the victims of this terrible tragedy. in an emotional address, he said this to the nation. >> i know there's not a parent in america who doesn't feel the same overwhelming grief that i do. the majority of those who died today we
>>> bottom of the hour now, 7:30 a.m. eastern time in newtown, connecticut. welcome, and welcome to our international viewers joining us from around the world. i'm ali velshi, you're watching cnn's special coverage of the connecticut school shooting. we are live in newtown, connecticut. here's what we know this morning about what happened at sandy hook elementary school. in about 30 minutes we expect authorities to hold a news conference right where i am and release the identities of the victims. police say 20 children between the ages of 5 and 10 were killed as well as six adults at the school including the principal and psychologist. sources say adam lanza was armed with three guns, two on him, one found in a car nearby. police say he got the guns from his mother who owned them. she was licensed to have them. she was found dead in her home about 2 1/2 miles from where i am now. every new detail helped paint a picture of a horrifying tragedy. cnn's anderson cooper explains how it unfolded moment by moment. >> all units, the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear wh
" with scott pelley. reporting tonight from newtown, connecticut. >> pelley: good evening. the bodies of most of the children killed this morning remain inside sandy hook elementary school tonight, along with the bodies of six adults and the gunman himself. the fire house behind me, decorated for christmas, is where terrorized parents came to find out whether their children were among the living or the dead. some of the victims were as young as five years old. president obama said today what everyone is thinking: we have been through this too many times. sandy hook is a k-4 elementary school with about 700 students. >> somebody came in to the room and shot a teacher. that's all i know. sorry. >> pelley: parents rushed to the school after getting robocalls that there had been a shooting. at 9:30 this morning police say a gunman, identified as 20-year-old adam lanza, opened fire in a kindergarten classroom where his mother was the teacher. some of her students were among the 20 children killed. in all, 26 people were killed at the school, including the school principal. the police say the gunma
forensic project under way and at the same time a massive emotional project for this community in newtown, connecticut to somehow heal as we head in to the holidays holidays across this country. piers morgan starts now. >>> breaking news. live at a community in morning after the worth mass shooting in american history. a gunman walked into sandy hook elementary school in newtown, connecticut and opened fire. he killed 20 children, young children from 5 to 10 years old. the shootings took place in two rooms of one section of the school and he killed at least six adults before killing himself. police found the body of the suspect's mother in his home earlier in the day. a prayer vigil was held in a church and took place a mile away from the sandy hook elementary. hundreds were in attendance. at the white house a vigil was held with people gathering for more gun control. many say it demands tougher legislation. in the white house, a visibly shaken president obama offered these words about the mass killing. >> the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between t
in newtown, connecticut. anderson cooper 360 starts now. >> thanks very much and good evening. there is only one story tonight. you know what it is. we have new details to tell but and we won't pretend we understand it any better than after it happened. it is a horror beyond words. kids as young as 5 years old. sadly to the names columbine and jonesboro, we have to add newtown, connecticut to virginia tech add sandy hook elementary, the second deadliest school shooting ever. 20 little kids and seven adults and the shooter who took his own life. all in a close-knit quiet community 90 minutes from new york. we will give you the latest information, but what we will not do is repeat the shooter's name over and over again. we don't want history to remember this murderer. we want history to remember the victims, the teachers and the children, those whose lives have been unfairly taken. we have a teamworking on the tragedy and we have soledad o'brien on the scene. there vigils tonight. we will be checking in with her shortly. vigils to tell you about as the people come to grips with what happened.
for the massacre here at sandy hook elementary school in newtown community. among the dead is who police say is the gunman. they believe he killed his mother at their home before going on the rampage at sandy hook where his mother was a teacher. >> there is a related scene that we found as we were continuing the investigation. and specifically investigating the shooting. >> reporter: lance's brother reported that he suffered of a personality of a disorder, saying some what autistic. >> can you wrap your head around that? >> no i cannot. i don't know who would do anything like this. >> so your general sense is what? >> this is unspeakable. i first heard about it, i'm still in shock. i want to go. >> reporter: police in connecticut plan to hold their next briefing early tomorrow morning. where they say they may have more information on adam lanza. reporting from the newsroom, rob roth. >>> it all began at 9:30 eastern. that's 6:30 our time. at that time the exterior doors were locked. shortly after 9:30, police reported that a shooter was in the main office of the school. 9:40a.m. groups of ch
before they go back to class on monday. we want to take you live to newtown connecticut. that is where we are waiting for a news conference to begin at any moment. authorities may release the names of the victim this is morning. some of the vic tames bodies are inside the school others have been removed. it has been a slow process trying to positively identify the children as most kids don't carry identification. there are 27 victims 20 of them are children 7 adults that includes the shooter's mother nancy lanza and teacher vicky soto. another adult victim has been identified 37-year-old donna hochsprung. damned lanza this is a picture from 2005. they are interviewing members of his family and friends that includes his brother and father treeing to put together any explanation for this tragedy. we have more coming up in the newscast. stay with abc 7 news for continuing coverage. you can get our abc 7 news app and get the push operations. we are updating our facebook page at facebook.com abc 7 news. let's get our first look at the weather check in with meteorologist lisa argin. >> we are l
headlines. >> this is the day when the names sandy hook elementary school and newtown, connecticut changed forever. once obscure, they're now infamous. >> like you, you know, you read it in the paper and see it in the news, you're like, oh, my god, then, you heard something happened close to home. it's like... i think i'm still in shock. >> but relieved shock as difficult as this story is too believe, imagine living it. learning your child's fate in bits and pieces. >> my neighbor heard gunshots. and then, i just said to her don't worry. she said no. i called the school, no one answered. >> someone came into the room and shotju4u a teacher. that is all i know. sorry. >> i just heard the principal was shot and killed. i heard kids were shot. i -- a teacher, miss ham ons was shotted. >> they waited. fearful parents and children. >> there were three children that came out. one was, had a very bloody face, it was very violent scene z there are two other ones that they were you know, they were in the arms of the state trooper. they did not move. their face was very pale. and it was very tragic
on a missing child. "they're all dead" she said. "they're all dead." we're here in newtown, back to you. >> pelley: lou, thanks very much. paul vance is a police lieutenant with the connecticut state police. he's been briefing reporters today and i asked him what he saw when he arrived at the school. >> it's a horrific scene. it's a very tragic scene, as we've been reporting. it involve it had death of numerous children, 20 to be exact, six adults. and it's a very tragic, horrific scene. >> pelley: were the children who were killed in one classroom? spread out across the entire school? >> one section of the building is the best way we can explain it. the deceased were all located in one complete section of the building. >> pelley: and where was the gunman found? >> in the hallway. >> pelley: outside of a classroom? >> correct. >> pelley: as the sun is going down now, are the victims still in the school? >> yeah, this is a long process and by that i mean it's a crime scene, it's a criminal investigation, it mandates that we meticulously document every single square inch of that building.
the past hour about the deadly school shooting in newtown, connecticut. good day, everyone. i'm alex witt. it is a day of questions and fresh insight about the sandy hook elementary school shooting. there is information about the gunman, how he entered the school and killed 20 children and six adults before he killed himself. >> we have established the point of entry. it's believed he was not voluntarily let into the school at all. that he forced his way into the school. but that's as far as we can go on that. >> in a moment, chris janzen in connecticut with more on that news conference. first compelling new information about the shooter and what he did in the days before the attack. nbc's pete williams is in washington. pete with a good day, what have you learned? >> reporter: alex, the connecticut authorities have not yet formally identified the gunman, but we're been told and i think it's widely known it's adam lanza is his name, 20 years old who was living with his mother. they say the shooting actually began that morning about three miles from the school at the home where he was livi
to impart to you and some people want to know how this could happen in newtown connecticut and how 20 little innocent kids could be murdered. we have more information about the shooter and family mystery. >> we do. before we get started let's look at the coverage of the tabloids here in new york city. america weeps. there is the president of the united states. he shed a couple of tears in the briefing room yesterday. slaughter of the innocence. and a picture you saw a lot of yesterday from the beup in newtown yesterday where a police officer leads those children single file out of sandy hook school. >> so many horrific elements to this story but i think the worst for me is the fact that there are 20 kids dead between the ages of 5 and 10 years old and as we learn more about the shooter, it seems as though there were clues he was capable of doing this. >> there will be an update at 8:00 this morning with the authorities. >> all right. peter doocy meanwhile is live in sandy hook for us with the very latest details. good morning, peter. tell us what you have learned overnight. >> alisyn, we lea
, with terry moran and bill weir in new york city and cynthia mcfadden in newtown, connecticut, this is a special edition of "nightline," tragedy at elementary school. >>> good evening. i'm cynthia mcfadden. tonight we join you from a community just beginning to process a great tragedy that unfolded here this morning. a little while ago i was just down the street where a thousand people gathered inside and outside saint rose catholic church here in newtown, connecticut, to mourn the loss of 26 people, including 20 schoolchildren, most between the ages of 5 and between years old, shot and killed in their elementary school classrooms this morning. schools in this town are part of the draw for people who live here with some of the highest test scores in the state. the kind of place parents move for the sake of their children. abc's dan harris has been at the scene since early today. dan? >> reporter: cynthia, good evening. it all started a little way behind the volunteer fire department, down the road at a suburban elementary school which tonight is in the history books for the wo
, including soledad o'brayen on the scene. >> a vigil held tonight. the people of newtown trying to come to grips with what has happened. just behind us this morning. right now, right now, this is still an active crime scene that means many of the bodies are lying where they fell inside the school, including the body of a killer. we want to at least tell you his name. and as anderson, we won't be repeating it much tonight at all. 20 years old. his mother taught at the school. she was found dead at the family home. unclear exactly how she died or when she died. >> soledad, the idea that those kids are still in the school, i mean, it is such a horrific image to think about tonight, and for the parents, not to be able to see their children yet. >> yeah, the police say it's an active crime scene and they told us they thought by sunday, they would be able to have the crime scene part of it and the investigation at least that portion of the wrapped up. but now we're getting told that actually it might be even as soon as tomorrow morning. but as you can imagine, knowing your child has perished
at elementary school in newtown, connecticut before ultimately taking his own life. in newtown overflow crowd tonight at the church as the community tries come to grip with what happened there. vigil were held all over the country including arizona, washington, texas, wisconsin and hear in the bay area naturally. the shooter has been identified as which-year-old adam lanza of hoboken, new jersey. he was an honor student who may have suffered from personality disorder armed with 4 weapons and was wearing a bullet proof vest when he marched on to that campus with the intent to kill. witnesses say he didn't upary word. we have steps i have coverage on this tonight. chris cuomo takes us through what happened. >> this morning the sandy hook elementary ask full of kids concerned about christmas. then at 9:40 am shots rang out. >> all units the individual that i have on the phone continuing to hear what he believes to be gunfire. >>reporter: inside little kids are under attack. >> heard this racket at our classroom. >>reporter: horrible things happening. teachers make sure they are safe and th
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-year-old dawn hochsprung the school's principal. we p want to go live with the latest in newtown, connecticut. >> good morning. any minute we expect police will release the names of the victims as the community begins to process the unimaginable horror of students lost at school. >> it all started on a seemingly ordinary day in the most unlikeliest places a sleepy new england town one of the worst mass shootings in this nation's history. >> sandy hook school. caller is indicating she thinks someone is shooting in the building. >> authorities say 20-year-old adam lanza seen as a teenager here came to the school wearing a bulletproofed vest and armed with a semi automatic assault rifle and two high powered pistols like these. they have recovered more than 3 weapons. >> everyone was scared. a really big kid inside of my class, i have never seen him cry and he was crying. it was really scary for all of us. >> hours before police say lanza had shot his mother in her home and headed to the school where he killed 26 people mostly children and then himself. after the rampage ended they l
the gunman's older brother ryan lanza into custody for questioning. newtown police arrived at sandy hook elementary school shortly after 9:30 in the morning. they quickly called for state backup and a s.w.a.t. team and released word to expect the worst. >> the majority of those who died today were children beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. >> reporter: parents rushed to pick up their children. >> there's 20 parents that were just told their children are dead. >> reporter: while the investigation continues it is already one of the worst mass shootings in u.s. history. counselors were on site this afternoon and a vigil was held tonight at a nearby church and many people here saying that this town will never be the same again. in newtown, connecticut, ines ferre, now back to you. >>> newtown, connecticut, is in the southwestern part of the state. it's roughly 80 miles northeast of new york city. the population is about 27,500 people and encompasses will 60 square miles about the same size as carmel-by-the-sea here in california. there are four elementary schools
tonight. the people of newtown trying to come to grips with what happened here. behind us, this morning. right now, right now, this is still an active crime scene. that means that many of the bodies are lying still where they fell inside of that school, including the body of a killer. we want to at least tell you his name. it is adam lanza. as anderson said we are not going to repeat it much tonight at all. his mother taught at the school. she was found dead at the family home. . it's unclear how she died or when she died. >> the police say it is an active crime scene than and they told us they thought by sunday they would be able to have the crime scene part of it, the investigation at least that portion of it wrapped up. it might be as soon as tomorrow morning. as you can imagine, knowing that your child has perished inside of that school and you can't even go and get a body. it would be a horrific thing. >> let's hope the children are brought home soon. we know the mother of the shooter legally purchased the weapons that were used. hln's rita cosby said he broke his way in to the sch
for the outpouring of support that they have felt here in newtown from all the people around the country and around the world who have been making their condolences well known. and of course we're also going to keep talking about the issue of gun control in the country, for the second day in a role. we' -- in a row. we're hearing president obama call for meaningful action. it's unclear what exactly that would mean. white house correspondent brianna keilar is at the white house for us. lay out there for me, you have pointed out that the president himself has not done much on the issue of gun control. so what are the expectations of what meaningful action could specifically mean? >> reporter: well, gun control advocates, soledad, think that it should mean further gun legislation. they want to see action taken. the thing, though, is it's unclear exactly what president obama means by what he said yesterday in the briefing room, and he reiterated today in his weekly address. he wants to see meaningful action. if you go by his past, in 2008 while he was campaigning, he said he wanted to see a renewal of
. a vigil wrapped up in newtown connecticut where the community remembered the victims of today's massacre at sandy hook elementary school. authorities identified the shooter at 20-year-old adam lanza. he reportedly had a history of mental illness. we have learned police found more guns on campus. we have news reporters covering all angles of this story. including who the shooter was. but we have jennifer davis. >> reporter: there was also a filled to capacity crowd here for a vigil earlier this evening. clearly this town is very much still struggling with what happened here earlier today. as is much of the country even the president was wiping away tears. >> it's identifying the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza. they say he is the one who killed more than two dozen people including himself in this massacre. 20 of his victims were little children. >> there were 18 children who were pronounced dead at the school. there were two that were transported to area hospitals and pronounced dead at area hospitals. >> reporter: among the dead the gunman's mother who worked as a teacher at this schoo
elementary school in newtown, connecticut and opened fire. he killed 20 children, young children from 5 to 10 years old. the shootings took place in two rooms of one section of the school and he killed at least six adults before killing himself. police found the body of the suspect's mother in his home earlier in the day. a prayer vigil was held in a church and took place a mile away from the sandy hook elementary. at the white house a vigil was held with people gathering for more gun control. many say it demands tougher legislation in the white house. visibly shaken president obama offered these words about the mass killing. >> the majority of those who died today were children. beautiful little kids between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. they had their entire lives ahead of them. birthdays, graduations, weddings, kids of their own. among the fallen were also teachers. men and women who devoted their lives to helping our children fulfill their dreams. >> highly emotional president obama reflecting how most of the nation would have been feeling and tonight police have identified the killer a
in newtown, connecticut, cliff van zandt, former fbi profiler and nbc oonlt. we've got psychologist jeff weiner and psychologist jeff gardere. nbc white house correspondent kristen welker, u.s. congresswoman carolyn mccarthy who entered politics after her husband was killed in a shooting on a suburban commuter train. larry johnson the president of the national association of school safety and law enforcement officials. and jamd baldwin, baltimore county police chief. first we go for an immediate update to my msnbc colleague michelle franzen. michelle, thank you for staying with us tonight. >> reporter: well, hi, chris. we're here in the newtown area of connecticut just nearby a couple of miles from sandy hook elementary where the tragic shooting took place earlier today. at this hour hundreds of residents are gathering at a nearby catholic church for a vigil, holding a prayer for those who o'have lost their lives today, those youngest lives, anywhere between kindar garten and fourth grade where those students were shot today. they're holding a prayer vigil and trying to comfort the famil
. an elementary school in newtown, a shopping mall in oregon, a house of worship in wisconsin, a movie theater in colorado. >> those comments a day after he made a plea to the white house where he said he was affected by the tragedy as the president and as a parent. a coalition of lawmakers including the new york city mayor has called on the president to send a bill to congress addressing gun violence. >> local churches are offering prayers for those stricken with grief. >> we will pray for the families. >> reporter: about a hundred people came together to find hope and comfort through prayer last night at the goss pell church in oakland. the pastor preempted the regular friday night service and called for people of faith to unite and stand together. >> realizing that when things happen all we have is each other. you know to hold each other up whether we are in california or concouldn't. >> children and adults stood in a circle, held hands and prayed for the families in connecticut struggling to come to terms with their grief and loss. other churches will be holding similar services this
, diane sawyer. >> good evening, welcome to a special edition of "world news" in newtown, connecticut, the site of a mass shooting and gunfire aimed at elementary school children. we're in front of the united methodist church where people are gathering all even long as details are still pouring in. 27 victims, 20 children, seven adults and we heard all day about the incredible response by teachers inside the school which is considered one of the leading schools in the nation. and also tonight, we have a new image of the suspected shooter, as we tell you everything we know about who did it, what kind of weapons and why. and we begin all of this with between between anchor chris cuomo and he's here with me. >> almost unimaginable scene. what we know so far is inside this elementary school, young kid process tektd by their teachers and there was one deranged man who decided to take it all away. >> this morning, the school was filled with kids concerned about christmas. then shots rang out. >> the individual i have on the phone is continuing to hear what what he believes is gun fire. >> r
for staying with us tonight. >> well, hi, chris, we're here in the newtown area of connecticut, just nearby a couple of miles from sandy hook elementary where the shooting, tragic shooting, took place earlier today. at this hour, hundreds of rez dents are gathering at a nearby catholic church for a vigil. holding a prayer for those who have lost their lives today, those youngest lives, anywhere between kind eergarten and four grade where those student were shot today. they're holding a prayer vigil and trying to comfort the families that they were told lost their loved ones in this town. it's a small new england town in this area. a very rural area in the central part of connecticut here. and the school, certainly k through 4 that with mentioned, we don't have the identifications or the ages of the school children and their names that are being released. what we are being told is that investigators are processing that school now. they will be dealing with identification of those students and trying to return them as governor malloy says of connecticut, back to their families so they can mou
his brother and father trying to determine what led to the killing spree. residents of newtown says the horror still doesn't seem real. >> to see if it is really real, it's a nightmare. >> reporter: authorities say they have discovered evidence that helps explain how and why this happened but they will be working the scene for at least another day or two. >> katie: as we mentioned authorities released new information, the shooter, adam lanza forced his way into the building. police say he was not voluntarily led into the school. he gained access to the school by breaking a glass window near the front door. he brought three guns into the school and the weapons are registered to his mother. >>> happening now in san francisco, small groups of people are gathering to remember the victims. >> just a few people have shown up so far. they are gathering in the memorial grove behind me. it's a group led by faith group. the organizer said they decided to hold the vigil regardless of religion, people need to be able to find a place to come together. you honor the victims but also to remember t
we will be talking about the aftermath of the shooting of in newtown, conn that happened yesterday. we will talk about the actions of the teachers. we will get into discussion about gun-control. that always seems to come up after situations like this. we would like for you to get involved in the conversation. the numbers are on the screen. we want to hear from teachers and people who work in the classrooms, principals and vice principals, people connected with education to find your thoughts on what happened yesterday. the actions of the teachers. how safe are in america's schools and america's schoolchildren. this is how the story is being played this morning on the front page of the "new york daily news." this is the way it is being reported this morning in "the wall street journal." the president talked about the shootings at the elementary school calling it a hate crime and vowing to press for meaningful actions to prevent more incidents. our first call for the morning comes from new york on the line for independence. a teacher. good morning. caller: good morning. yes, i was a
live to newtown connecticut where the services are under way. people are gathering in this small community 60 miles northeast of new york city. this is a town of only about 27,000 which is in a great deal of emotional pain right now. but you also understand that what is being felt in newtown connecticut is being felt across the country as people reflect on what happened in that mass shooting on the school campus. >>> dianne feinstein who has long lobbied for stricter gun laws issued a statement saying she is horrified by today's tragedy. senator feinstein said when senseless shooting reach into our kindergarten and elementary schools one has to question, what is happening to america. as i have said many times before, weapons of war don't belong on our streets or in our theaters, shopping malls and most of all our schools. >>> as we continue our coverage, it reminds some of another horrific school shooting that happened right here in northern california. it was 1989 in stockton where five children were gunned down on a school playground. ktvu's robert handa is in stockton with rea
took place in the small town of newtown, connecticut, a place where everything is nearby. the spree ended at the elementary school, but began at the lanza family home. authorities identified the shooter as 20-year-old adam lanza, seen here in a picture taken seven years ago and provided to abc news by a family friend who told us adam was obviously not well. something we also heard from a newtown real estate agent, barbara frey, a family friend. >> he was not connected with the other kids. my son played with him when they were young. and in her home, i know she was very particular. i just think she maybe had too high a standard or something, or focused too much, for whatever reason. >> so was there conflict or tension between the two of them? >> the parent and child? >> yes. >> not that i know of, but the fact that the parents were divorced must have contributed. >> the mother was the first to die according to police. adam's father and brother are being questioned by authorities in new jersey, where they live. diane? >> brian ross reporting and once again, we want to give you the lat
in newtown connecticut. we have information about the shooter and his history. >> let's look at the cover of the tabloids in the city. america weeps. the president of the united states spread a couple of tears in the briefing room yesterday. slaughter of the innocence and a picture you saw a lot of yesterday from the patch -- rather the b in new town where the police officer leads the children single file out of sandy hooks school. >> so many horrific things but the worst there are 20 kids dead between the ages of 5 and 10 years old. there were clues he was capable of doing this. >> there will be an update at 8:00 this morning with authorities. >> peter doocy is live with the details. >> tell us what you have learned overnight. >> allison, we learned that the medical examiner's office has been working all night long inside sandy hook elementary school. they are trying to have the 20 children and 6 adults who were murdered inside yesterday during school identified by today. the killer who carried out the sick triem adam lanza murdered his mother before he came here. most of the deceased we
by their request. in addition for the town people for newtown, conn.. we have established a number for you to call. that number is 2 is20 three3- 270-428203-270 we still have mae working at the state of the school. it has not been completed and the problem will not be completed until another day and have to two days. we're not put in a time limit on this. we have done everything that we need to do to peel back the onion layer by layer. we need to examine every crack and a layer of the facility. this does not exclude bows out of the building. the outside of the building is all part of the crime scene including every single vehicle. we actually have three teams, three major crime scene that are working with us. we had a meeting this morning and this was what the super tennis school. she will be here to cooperate with some of the issues that she has encountered. the minute that the medical examiner is finished he will come here and we will again provide all the detail and for mission that we can. again, about the pacific questions will only take a few. i have to tell you that there's certain things t
thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by the school shooting in newtown, connecticut. now, to help those of you who would like to talk about the incident with your children, we provided a link to some useful resources on our website. we hope it can be of some help today in the wake of this devastating tragedy. we move now to tonight's discussion. and joining me on the panel are aarti kohli, senior fellow at uc berkeley's warren institute on war and social policy. paul rogers, environmental writer with the "san jose mercury news." stephen sock, investigative reporter with nbc bay area. and from los angeles, david lazarus, columnist with "the l.a. times." aurti, let's start with you. uc berkeley announced a new scholarship program for undocumented students. why did the university feel it was necessary to support these students? >> well, yes it's very excites news. $1 million from the foundation. and the university really feels strong obligation to these students because they're one of the most vulnerable set of students that we have. the average family income for these stude
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